Around 2,000 tickets for the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid could be available on the black market in the lead up to Saturday’s game.
Madrid have returned almost 2,000 of their 16,626 allocated tickets with fans unable to secure travel or accommodation for the final in Kiev.
And, according to ESPN local authorities believe the tickets, which will not be sold to Liverpool fans, will fall into the hands of Reds’ supporters.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said security reasons and segregation issues at the 63,000-capacity Olimpiyskiy Stadium did not permit the resale of the tickets to Liverpool fans.
“Unfortunately security reasons prevent us from selling these tickets to Liverpool, it would be too much of a risk,” Ceferin said.
“We have a good and fair distribution system, 17,000 each to fans of Liverpool and Real Madrid. The black market is a big problem that we know about. We cancelled [some] tickets that were sold there. We are trying to do as much as possible. There are still people selling tickets and we are looking to correct that.”
Instead the tickets, which have been selling for between £400 and £800 (depending on the category) on ticketing websites, have been sold to locals in Kiev. And considering the average weekly wage in Kiev is around £263, it seems reasonable that the majority if these tickets will be sold to English fans.
ESPN cite a ‘source’: “It is a worry that the returned Real tickets could end up being sold to Liverpool fans.
“They have been made available to local supporters in Kiev, but it would be naive to think that some of them will not be sold on again to Liverpool supporters.”
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